Health and safety whilst on holiday: Safety in the sun

Health and safety whilst on holiday: Safety in the sun

We all love the sunshine – it’s one of the best things about going on holiday, but it’s easy to forget the importance of safety in the sun when abroad. Looking after your skin is incredibly important, so make sure you read up on the best advice to ensuring you’re staying safe in the sun.

Always look after your skin

- Make sure you use a strong enough SPF factor suncream immediately as you arrive.
- Always ensure every bit of you is covered and do not forget to ask someone to do your back or those hard to reach areas. You should also ensure you reapply regularly to top up the protection over time and always after you’ve dipped in the pool or sea.
- Stick with the shade where possible and slowly build up your exposure time gradually so you can get used to it.
- When the sun is at its strongest try to avoid direct sunlight – this is between the hours of 11:00-15:00.
- Ensure your sunglasses have sun protection as well.
- Always drink lots of water and make sure you stay hydrated throughout the day.
- Apply insect repellent on top of you suncream if you are prone to mosquito bites.

Looking after the little ones

- Encourage your children to play in the shade when at all possible.
- Keep babies under six months old in the shade at all times.
- Try to ensure children are always wearing clothing such as t-shirts, hats and sunglasses whilst they are out in the sun.
- Always apply a high factor of suncream and reapply regularly.

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